Driver Side Impact Bio:
Cleveland, Ohio is known for many things that “rock.” Not only is it famous for being the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but is also called home by the members of DRIVER SIDE IMPACT.
Back with their sophomore album, Lion, DRIVER SIDE IMPACT combines aggressive guitar-based rock with tuneful melodies and danceable rhythms, forging a sonic assault that is memorable and unique at the same time. “Some people have called us experimental pop,” singer Branden Langhals notes. “I feel our songs are like a movie and anyone can be a part of the script.”
The band formed in 2004, and it didn’t take long before they were a popular fixture in the Cleveland area, to the point where they would co-headline 800 to 1,000-seat arenas. They put out their own EP, We Will Disappear, and with their fan base growing it was only a matter of time until they received interest from Victory Records in May 2007. Soon after, DRIVER SIDE IMPACT released its first full-length Victory debut entitled The Very Air We Breathe, which took them on a journey of relentless touring next to the likes of BAYSIDE, FOUR LETTER LIE and MAYDAY PARADE.
The urge to take their sound in a different direction for their second album led founding members Langhals (vocals) and Jack McGinty (guitar) to reshape the band by recruiting Mike Ferri (bassist), Mark Woodbridge (guitarist) and Josh Rapala (drummer). “The new line up is a more mature, musically inclined group that works hard at everything,” said Woodbridge. “We are always finding ways to better the band and increase our growth.”
Charged with a positive outlook on where they wanted their sound to evolve to, DRIVER SIDE IMPACT began the process of creating Lion. Teaming up with their previous producer Don DeBiase, DRIVER SIDE IMPACT took elements that made them popular in the first place, like powerful melodies and catchy choruses, but incorporated larger guitar solos and an orchestrated sound to push them farther then they had thought possible. Lyrically, they have approached their new songs as a way to connect with their audience on a deeper level and at the same time using it as a tool to describe their rollercoaster adventure that has occurred these past two years. “Lion is more upbeat and intense,” describes Mark. “As a whole it is the product of a band that has had more than a fair share of adversity and obstacles to overcome.”
Drawing from that for inspiration, Lion is not only a true representation of what direction DRIVER SIDE IMPACT is heading in as musicians, but with a world full of aggressive and unchanging pop-rock driven music they are revolutionizing the genre as well.